You’d need something from Caterpillar to lift that cookie jar.
I would say this is the best strip so far of this run.
I do agree it would be nice to see some of the other cast members.
Overall, the best balanced of the strips I’ve seen so far. One assumes the oversized bottle of Wite-Out has been borrowed from the artist…
I’ll grant that this is a classic-type schoolteacher gag, and was pretty decent, but gee whiz, another phone joke?
A decent gag, to be sure. (You wonder many kids would get a “step count” gag.) 3 panels doing the work of 8; just don’t get into “Life in Hell” or “World’s Angriest Dog” mode.
Solid gag, relatively simple, and works. The lettering on the sign seemed a little off, but that’s the only thing I see off about the strip.
JLG’s comment, above, I think is on point. The new version isn’t a dumpster fire by any stretch, but “unfocused” is a good word for it. (For example, look at the size of that flower in the 3rd panel relative to Nancy.) And while the gag here is decent, it’s yet another tech gag among a blitz of them. I renew my comment about mixing up the types of gags. I mean, really: there’s NO other aspect of childhood today that exists other than tech?
The set-up was good, and the first two panels were good. Somehow, the third panel fizzled a bit. Not so much the artwork, as the awkward phrasing of the punchline. It leaves you with a “hunh?” Who is the “we,” and what is the “run” being referred to? The ten seconds? The literal run of eyes and nose? A re-do of the wording in the third panel might well improve this.
A more classical and relatively subtle gag, which is the good news; artwork a bit dodgy, which is the not-so-good news.